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Cardinia Shire Council

Domestic Animal Management Plan


2012–16
CONTENTS

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 6

INTRODUCTION 8

Our Shire 8

Purpose 8

Mission statement 8

Consultation process 9

DOMESTIC ANIMAL PLAN REVIEW 2008–12 9

TRAINING OF AUTHORISED OFFICERS 12

Context 12

Current and planned training table 13



REGISTRATION AND IDENTIFICATION 14

Current situation 14

Action plan – registration and identification 16

NUISANCE 18

Current situation 18

Action plan – nuisance 22

DOG ATTACKS 24

Current situation 24

Action plan – dog attacks 26

DANGEROUS, MENACING AND RESTRICTED BREED DOGS 29

Current situation 29

Action plan – dangerous, menacing and restricted breed dogs 31

OVERPOPULATION AND HIGH EUTHANASIA 33

CURRENT SITUATION 33

Action plan - overpopulation and high euthanasia 35

DOMESTIC ANIMAL BUSINESSES 37

Current situation 37

Action plan - domestic animal businesses 39

OTHER MATTERS 40

Current situation 40

Action plan – other matters 41

ANNUAL REVIEW OF PLAN AND ANNUAL REPORTING 42

Action plan – annual review of plan and annual reporting 42




DOMESTIC ANIMAL MANAGEMENT PLANS

Under Section 68A of the Domestic Animals Act 1994, every Council must prepare a domestic animal management plan, as follows:

68A Councils to prepare domestic animal management plans


  1. Every Council must, in consultation with the Secretary (of the Department of Primary Industries), prepare at 4 year intervals a domestic animal management plan.

  2. A domestic animal management plan prepared by a Council must:

    1. set out a method for evaluating whether the animal control services provided by the Council in its municipal district are adequate to give effect to the requirements of this Act and the regulations

    2. outline programs for the training of authorised officers to ensure that they can properly administer and enforce the requirements of this Act in the Council's municipal district

    3. outline programs, services and strategies which the Council intends to pursue in its municipal district –

      1. to promote and encourage the responsible ownership of dogs and cats

      2. to ensure that people comply with this Act, the regulations and any related legislation

      3. to minimise the risk of attacks by dogs on people and animals

      4. to address any over-population and high euthanasia rates for dogs and cats

      5. to encourage the registration and identification of dogs and cats

      6. to minimise the potential for dogs and cats to create a nuisance

      7. to effectively identify all dangerous dogs, menacing dogs and restricted breed dogs in that district and to ensure that those dogs are kept in compliance with this Act and the regulations

    4. provide for the review of existing orders made under this Act and local laws that relate to the Council's municipal district with a view to determining whether further orders or local laws dealing with the management of dogs and cats in the municipal district are desirable

    5. provide for the review of any other matters related to the management of dogs and cats in the Council's municipal district that it thinks necessary

    6. provide for the periodic evaluation of any program, service, strategy or review outlined under the plan.

  1. Every Council must:

    1. review its domestic animal management plan annually and, if appropriate, amend the plan

    2. provide the Secretary with a copy of the plan and any amendments to the plan

    3. publish an evaluation of its implementation of the plan in its annual report.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY


Cardinia Shire Council developed its’ first Domestic Animal Management Plan (DAMP) for 2008 to 2012 in accordance with the Domestic Animals Act 1994, (the Act). This plan reviews the actions and planning for Cardinia Shire Council to set the direction for domestic animal management for the following four (4) years and to meet the requirements under The Act.

The plan details programs and actions to assist in implementing the mission statement of this plan. The plan has been developed with assistance from a broad range of stakeholders that seek to implement a balanced approach to domestic animal management in Cardinia.

The plan identifies a range of actions for animal management. The implementation of these actions gives Council the opportunity to monitor the progress of actions and arrange further improvements to promote and facilitate responsible animal management programs on a regular basis.

Council is committed to providing a high standard of animal management in accordance with legislative requirements. The objectives of the plan are to:



  • Ensure Animal Management Officers (AMOs) are appropriately trained in all aspects of responsible animal management

  • Encourage responsible dog and cat ownership

  • Reduce public and environmental nuisance caused by dogs and cats

  • Promote the effective management of dogs and cats

  • Effectively identify all dangerous dogs, menacing dogs and restricted breed dogs in the Shire

  • Minimise the risk of attacks by dogs on people and animals

  • Address any over population and high euthanasia rates of dogs and cats

  • Provide welfare for pets during periods of emergency.

There is an increasing public view that punitive enforcement of laws alone will not result in lasting voluntary changes in behaviour. Therefore, enforcement of the Act and Local Laws should be balanced with media and public education material for responsible animal management.

There is now considerable evidence to support the benefits of owning pets. Accordingly, Cardinia Shire recognises that companion animals are part of the community, contributing to the quality of life for its residents.

The strategies within this plan have been developed to provide Council with a sound foundation from which it can build, plan and co-ordinate sound animal management and ensure that future decisions meet the needs of the community.

In this progressively changing environment, it is essential that Council take a strategic approach to managing domestic pets.





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